If you read my review of Logitech’s Solar Keyboard K750 here last month, you know I really liked it. I’ve been using one with my Macbook since last fall, and find it more than up to the high standards I’ve come to expect from Logitech products.
The Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is powered by light—indoors or out—which eliminates the potential of getting caught with dead batteries and no replacements at hand. But up to now, the proverbial fly-in-the-ointment has been that it was only available with Windows keymapping, and the downloadable auxiliary solar power monitoring app didn’t support the Mac.
I’m happy to report that those caveats no linger apply. Logitech has just released its Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac variant, incorporating the same award-winning design and feature set as the Windows version, letting you say goodbye to battery hassles thanks to onboard solar cells that power the keyboard using ambient light. But this new model is available with Apple keymapping, and in five Apple-harmonious color themes exclusively for Mac users.
Like its Windows counterpart, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac is powered by light—even indoors. Ambient light in the room is usually sufficient (although I find that light from fluorescent or CCFL bulbs is less efficient at powering solar devices than light from incandescents), so there’s no need for direct sunlight. The fact that the fully charged keyboard has a reserve capacity of up to three months in total darkness means you’ll never have to hassle with changing batteries. Although the Windows version K750 itself worked fine with Macs, Mac users will also now be able to download Logitech’s downloadable solar power app that features a lux meter to provide a visual check on available light falling on the K750, keeps track of how much energy is currently stored, and evaluates current light level for charging purposes, plus at-a-glance information about battery levels and alerts when you need more light.
With its PVC-free construction and fully recyclable box, this keyboard is “green”—designed to minimize its environmental footprint. A full-size wireless keyboard, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac includes a number pad and features a standard Mac keymapping layout, so everything is where you expect it to be. The keys themselves are Logitech’s concave key-cap design, and with with no necessity to accommodate a battery compartment, it has exceptionally sleek lines and a profile thinner than Apple’s current keyboards.
The K750’s short-travel keys, dubbed “Incurve,” have a concave keycap design that supports the shape of your fingertips, while helping guide your fingers to the right keys, and soft, rounded edges that make it easier for fingers to glide from key to key. The quiet membrane keyswitches have reasonably light action, with just a bit more “over-center” feel and a harder landing than I consider ideal. At 1/3 inch (7.5 mm) in section, the K750 is claimed by Logitech to be the thinnest freestanding computer keyboard ever made.
The Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 has always been elegantly easy on the eyes, and the new Mac-complimentary color themes make it harmonize even better with current Macintosh styling. One point to note; the K750 has no palm rest surface, with the keyboard’s keypads shifted down from the top three-fifths of the unit’s surface area to the bottom three-quarters, the balance occupied by two 7-element solar panel clusters (which have a projected service lifespan of 15 years before there is any substantial degradation in performance) to power the charger. However, because the K750 is so thin, the lack of a wrist rest area shouldn’t be much of an issue. You can just rest your wrists on the supporting table or desktop.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning this month for a suggested retail price of $59.99. ($20 cheaper than the Windows version debuted at last year).